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Posts Tagged ‘Grace Bonney’

House & Garden to Fold in December

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It is with complete and utter disbelief that we relay this news broken by our sister blog, Fishbowl NY: 106-year-old House & Garden will cease to exist come December.

While we’re not terribly surprised about the surfeit of shelter mags crowding out some of the competition, we thought H&G was one of the most forward-thinking. Earlier this year, H&G took on a massive website redesign that not only made it look real pretty, they made some super-smart choices like adding Grace Bonney, Karrie Jacobs and Treehugger as bloggers, as well as bringing Jay McInerney‘s wine column online.

Although maybe this really isn’t the end…H&G has already been axed once in 1993, and was brought back to life in 1996.

A statement from Condé Nast follows.

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Grace Bonney Invites Us Into Her New Homes, Online and Off

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Over the weekend, blogging empress Grace Bonney premiered a revamped URL (www.designspongeonline.com) that includes an incredible site redesign with yummy little textural details that truly delight the crafty corners of our brain.

To sweeten the deal, Bonney streamlined navigational features and is adding more guest bloggers, an event calendar, and a job board. And to placate the hordes of fans who keep asking what her place looks like, Bonney also posted a long-awaited sneak peek inside the d*s home. Predictably, it’s a beauty.

What Are You Looking Forward to During Design Week?

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We asked, and NY’s top design writers, bloggers and tastemakers responded appropriately. And sometimes, not so appropriately.

Harry Wakefield
Editor, MoCoLoco
The Brits and designboom mart at ICFF, usually the funkiest and most innovative design at the show… and the Design Blogfest party.

Grace Bonney
Editor, design*sponge
Design week for me is a chance to meet the people behind the work I love so much. I’m not into the parties, the talks or the big schmoozy events–for me it’s all about one-on-one time with the latest up and coming designers.

Greg Allen
Editor, DaddyTypes
Since we’re going to be out of town this weekend and thus, unable to attend any of the shows, I’m looking forward to all my regular design blog sources to shoot the hell out of any baby- and kid-related stuff they see. The funny thing about kids’ design is, you almost never even notice it if you don’t have a kid, but the second you do–bam–it’s all you see.

So instead of trawling the aisles, I’ll be surfing through everyone’s flickr pools and snapshot galleries, looking for that one picture of that one crib… If I can put out a request to the designblogworld, then, it’s “Please. Think of the children.”

The Blogginess That Surrounds “Top Design”

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Well we’re heading into week three, so let’s check the scores. Armin likes it. FishbowlLA has the insidery scoop. Apartment Therapy is looking forward to it. Grace Bonney is not feeling the love.

Bravo’s even gone so far as to give host Todd Oldham and each of the judges their own blogs, too: Adler, Wearstler, Russell. See, you never really need to watch the show at all, just read the blogs. If you can maneuver the bizarre multiple page links for each entry. This thing

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is very, very bad. Can someone like, slap a coat of paint on that this week? Please?

One great thing that’s come out of all this is discovering Bravo’s slightly-related-to-the-show design blog authored by our new friend auto and industrial designer Bryan Thompson (you can see his real site here). We especially like when he goes celeb-stalking at the opening of MOCA’s “Skin + Bones” exhibition. Ah, a man after our own heart.